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The Brothers Karamazov (1957)

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Dostoyevsky's novel The Brothers Karamazov is given a Hollywood screen treatment by producer Pandro S. Berman and director Richard Brooks. Yul Brynner plays Dmitri Karamazov, a callous Russian officer who cuckolds his domineering father (Lee J. Cobb) with the old man's mistress Grushenka (Maria Schell). Richard Basehart is Dmitri's intellectual brother Ivan, while William Shatner is the pious Alexey Karamazov; both men eventually enjoy the attentions of the willing Grushenka. The Karamazovs'

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Richard Brooks

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Bold handling of crude unbridled passion, of violently conflicting ideas, and of earthy humor makes up The Brothers Karamazov.

April 8, 2008 Full Review Source: Variety
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Very uncertain in period and atmosphere, and saddled with some terrible performances.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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Conspicuous assets are the striking color photography and the musical score, both of which help a great deal in enhancing the drama's savage and soulful moods.

March 25, 2006 Full Review Source: New York Times
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While not as terrible as his subsequent adaptation of Lord Jim, this 1958 Hollywoodization of the Dostoyevsky novel by writer-director Richard Brooks is pretty grotesque all the same.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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I would avoid this film as readily as one avoids Siberia.

September 4, 2009 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Comment (1)
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The film feels like 'Classics Comics' instead of a classic.

April 8, 2008 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
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When the acting's good, it's very good, but when it's bad, it's laughable and director Brooks' attempts at injecting Slavic intensity misfire badly sometimes.

May 24, 2003 Full Review Source: Film4
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